1. Melika Bass at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Chicago
    February 4-27, 2011

    for more information: mcachicago.org/exhibitions/exh_detail.php?id=265

    Interview/Camera/Edit by Casilda Sanchez

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  2. Watch full-length film on Fandor -- fandor.com/films/shoals

    Featured in "180 Essential Films by Female Directors"
    by Matt Fagerholm, film critic for Rogerebert.com and Indie-Outlook

    WINNER
    Experimental Film Prize
    Athens International Film Festival

    WORLD PREMIERE
    UBS 12x12 solo exhibition
    New Artists/New Work
    Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago

    DESCRIPTION
    A slow-burning prairie grotesque.
    On the grounds of a rural sanitarium, three young women search for wellness, as a cult leader seeks to control their bodies through labor and daily rituals. Featuring Carolina Gonzalez, Emily Irvine, Chris Sullivan and Kayla Wroblewski.

    Written, Directed, Edited by Melika Bass, 16mm film to HD, 2011

    "A fever dream of a vivid natural landscape…
    affecting for its hushed soundtrack and low-grain photography." (JR Jones, CHICAGO READER)

    "A strangely compelling—almost mesmerizing—work... like Malick meets David Lynch, if you want a comparison, but in a deeper sense, Shoals is its own beast."
    (Mountain Xpress)

    "A lulling, singular peculiarity." (Michael Phillips, CHICAGO TRIBUNE)

    tenderarchive.com

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  3. On the grounds of a rural sanitarium, three young women search for wellness, as a cult leader seeks to control their bodies through labor and daily rituals. A slow-burning prairie grotesque, an historical fiction that dryly skewers the patriarchy and wonders at how we adapt to systems of belief.

    Featuring Carolina Gonzalez, Emily Irvine, Chris Sullivan and Kayla Wroblewski

    Written, Directed, Edited by Melika Bass
    Shot on 16mm film
    2011, USA, 52 mins.

    Made possible by an Artadia Award and a Media Arts Fellowship from the Illinois Arts Council.

    Featured in "100 Essential Films by Female Directors"
    by Matt Fagerholm, film critic for Rogerebert.com

    WINNER
    Experimental Film Prize
    Athens International Film Festival

    WORLD PREMIERE
    UBS 12x12 solo exhibition
    New Artists/New Work
    Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago

    "A lulling, singular peculiarity."
    -Michael Phillips, CHICAGO TRIBUNE

    "Shooting in 16 mm film and exhibiting in digital video, Melika Bass’s experimental films are characterized by intricate, cyclical structures that emphasize sound and visual textures over traditional narratives. Making use of both nonprofessional actors and performance artists, her films often reveal a subtle surrealist influence in their focus on enigmatic actions and situations."
    -Michael Green, Curator, "UBS 12 x 12: New Artists/New Work: Melika Bass,"
    MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART CHICAGO

    "A strangely compelling—almost mesmerizing—work... like Malick meets David Lynch, if you want a comparison, but in a deeper sense, Shoals is very much its own beast."
    -Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress

    "A fever dream of a vivid natural landscape…
    affecting for its hushed soundtrack and low-grain photography."
    -JR Jones, CHICAGO READER

    tenderarchive.com

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